Dipped in plastic

By Diana Ramos/El Inde One small straw is more than a thin tube of plastic: It can make a huge difference on the planet. At the University of Arizona Student Union, many students stop to get coffee, but is it worth spending around $5 for a couple of ice cubes, coffee and cream in a plastic…

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For the love of desert tortoises

By Emma Peterson/El Inde Alan Bedrick has always loved reptiles. When he was young, he preferred snakes and turtles as pets over the average dog or cat. Throughout the years, his adoration for reptiles has gotten stronger. “It’s sort of a hobby for me,” Bedrick says, “I have a desert tortoise outside and three water…

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Historic hotel goes green

By Claire O’Connell/El Inde When entering the crisp green doors of Hotel Congress, you are immediately met with hospitality. The historic building greets its guests as if it is still 1919. While it only offers 39 rooms, the small landmark hotel is adored by many for its classical charm. Front desk manager Josh Osteen knows…

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A fire season like no other

By Conor Vilines/El Inde April and May are traditionally the start of fire season. Sonoita-area residents have seen years when the blazes begin this time of year and continue for months until the monsoon season. In normal years, as fire season approaches, the Sonoita Elgin Fire District warms up with a pre-fire season training regiment….

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Trail through Patagonia

By Devyn Edelstein/El Inde Patagonia has a lot of visitors who walk a long way to spend a short time there. Former professional cyclist Chuck Veylupek is one of them. He passed through Patagonia in February, eight days into a four-month, 800-mile trek on the Arizona Trail. Veylupek, 51 years old, has a beard, grey…

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